Kevin McAleenan, formerly head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the new Acting Homeland Security Secretary, has replaced Kirstjen Nielsen, who was forced to resign recently amid President Trump’s declarations that he wanted a “tougher direction” for immigration. One of his first acts was announcing the establishment of a new Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on April 19, 2019. Acting Secretary McAleenan also designated John P. Sanders, CBP Chief Operating Officer, as the senior official performing the functions and duties of the CBP Commissioner.

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